Music & Lyrics: the soul of India
The vast nation of India is connected through its culture and music. From classic song to folk to modern music, India speaks through the melody. Music is the inseparable part of Indian life.
From the very beginning of the civilization, great poets enriched the musical lyrics with their poems. The Mughal poets flourished our musical culture thoroughly. Emperor Akbar was one of the greatest to encourage music and poems in his court.
All the legendary poets and saints who loved to communicate in the melodious tongues brought forth an unbelievable upheaval in northern India and the Bhakti or devotional movements they led gained so many followers. The lyrics and music of Surdas, Tulsidas, and most significantly Kabir and Mirabai were highly popular among common people. In the 16th century, the division between North Indian – Hindustani music and South Indian – Carnatic music were more delineated. Classical music, of both Hindustani and Carnatic are the blessings of melody god to India.
No one will find such diversity of music genres in anywhere in the world.
Carnatic sangeet is the south Indian classical music. Carnatic music has a rich history and tradition. It has developed in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Indian Film Music
Nowadays the most popular music is the Filmi music. Hindi film industry, Bollywood, along with Indian regional film industries, produces thousands of films every year, most of which are musical and feature elaborates songs and dance numbers.
Indian Fusion Music
Fusion is the new trend of Indian music. Fusion trend has begun with Ali Akbar Khan’s 1955 performance in the United States of America. Indian fusion music came into being with rock and roll fusions with Indian music in the 1960s-70s.
Ghazal is a very popular form of music in India and Pakistan. It is a poetic recitation. Ghazal traces its roots in classical Arabic poetry.
Every state and region of India has its own folk music. Folks are not usually written by any particular lyricist. It is the description of the natural life in the voice folk singers generation after generation. This rich tradition of folk music is very much alive in not just rural India, but also in cities.
Shayari or rhyming poetry basically comprises of a couplet known as Sher. Shayari is the unique and beautiful form of poetry. Most of the Shayari are found in the Urdu language. However, Shero Shayari is also can be found in Hindi, Punjabi, etc as well.
Musicians like A.R Rahman, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and lyricist-poet like Gulzar have taken the Indian Music in International level. The magic of Indian music has become the best of both worlds.